Hillary Yeti, a fun-loving, but perplexed and anguished Infinitian from Laffinstalk, Louisiana, sent me the following email:
Last night, I was watching an old Woody Allen movie that I’d seen many times before, Hannah and Her Sisters. In the past, I’ve watched it for only its entertainment value and frequent hilarity. I’ve never pondered any of the deeper philosophical questions that it raises.
That changed last night. The Woody Allen character, Mickey, is going through a major life crisis—major even for him, a world-class neurotic. Despite being an atheist, he decides he needs to find some meaning in life and decides to try Catholicism.
In the relevant scene, Mickey visits his parents to tell them about his decision. Mickey’s choice to attempt to become, not just religious, but Catholic upsets his parents because they raised him as a secular Jew. In response, Mickey’s mother locks herself in the bathroom and begins screaming at him.
Mickey explains to his mother that he is still not sure about anything. In fact, he still doubts the existence of God. On this train of thought, he asks his mother how there could have been Nazis if there is a god?
Mickey’s mother shouts to Mickey’s father, telling him to explain to Mickey why there were Nazis. Mickey’s father responds, “How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don’t know how the can opener works!”
Until last night, I’d always focussed on the punch line. It’s hilarity was enough for me. But last night I focussed more on the question itself and became perplexed. If there is a god, let alone an infinite number of Gods, why were there Nazis?
I know this is a foolish question, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why it’s foolish. Can you help me to find an answer to why, in a world where we are blessed by God One and in a multiverse with an infinite number of Gods, there could possibly have been Nazis?
Yours in hilarity, perplexity and anguish,
Hilary, this falls into the category of questions that I’ve already sworn a few times to not answer yet again: How can there be evil in a universe with a God, let alone an infinite number of Gods. I probably should keep that vow and ignore your question, but because I’m a huge Woody Allen fan I’ll take another stab at it.
As I’ve stated many times before, Infinitians know that God One is only a god. He isn’t perfect. The design he created for our brains is flawed. It’s those flaws that explain why there was a Hitler and why so many people followed him and marched to his orders. Their brains just didn’t work well. In fact, they worked horribly. That’s the long and the short of it.
Humans 3.0: Fixing the Nazis Bug
The flaws in God One’s human 2.x (us) brain design also explain the existence of lesser psychopaths, sociopaths, murderers, rapists and many of the looniest of televangelists. Next to them, the mood disorders of nonviolent and lesser-violent people seem almost benign, but they too are a result of mistakes that God One made in the design of our brains.
According to the widely accepted theory of Created Evolution, Infinitian scholars expect that when God One replaces us with human 3.0 models after the End Times, he will learn from his mistakes and give humans 3.0 better brains. However, because God One isn’t perfect, their brains will likely not be perfect either.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that some noted Infinitian scholars disagree with the hypothesis that the problems with our brains are a result of errors made by God One when he designed them. These scholars claim that our brains are the way they are not because of mistakes, but because God One created them perfectly imperfect.
According to this theory, we were created in God One’s image. Because God One’s brain is flawed and the human brain is the perfect projection of God One’s brain into our universe as a design for our brains, our brains are likewise flawed, in perfect harmony with God One’s flawed brain.
In either case—flawed by error or flawed by replication—there were Nazis, not to mention other horrifying humans, because of flaws in the human brain. In either case, we are the way we are because of our creation by God One, blessed be He.